Power and Performance under Pressure! Tackle your toughest home, outdoor and auto cleaning projects with ease! Use the Pressure Joe SPX3001 to easily remove road tar, tree sap and insect splats from cars, grease deposits from concrete, heavy mildew, oil and rust stains, caked on mud, and other stubborn yard and garden gunk and grime.
5 Quick-Connect spray tips (0º, 15º, 25º, 40º and soap) tackle light, medium and heavy duty cleaning tasks
Powerful 14.5-amp/1800-Watt motor generates up to 2030 PSI/1.76 GPM for maximum cleaning power
Onboard reel keeps 20 ft (6m) high pressure hose organized for quick and easy clean-up and storage
TSS (Total Stop System) - Automatically shuts off the pump when trigger is not engaged to save energy and prolong pump life
CSA approved; Full 2-year warranty
Water Capability : Cold
Decent power for an electric machine; some nice touches but a few shortcomings as well
Bottom line: While the build quality is just so-so in a couple of areas, overall this offers good performance, quiet operation and an easy to use design. It won’t replace a gas-powered pressure washer, but for less intensive tasks, it will get the job done without having to deal with the added work of maintaining a gas machine.
I have a gas powered pressure washer that gets used a lot for deck, patio and siding cleaning. It works very well, but like any gas-powered device, there’s maintenance involved. This Sun Joe gives me a decent amount of power without any fuss or muss, making it great for the smaller jobs that don’t need the power of a gas machine.
Setup is very straightforward – just a few minor assembly steps. One point of concern is the packaging – it’s OK, but Sun Joe could have done a much better job of protecting the machine for transit. The washer arrived functional, but there were a couple of small cracks on housing parts due to it getting banged around by UPS.
The build quality for most components is pretty good. There’s a lot of plastic involved in the housing, but it’s of reasonably decent quality. The wand was surprising – much better quality than I expected. It’s mostly metal, beefy and has good brass threading for the hose. The pressure tips are also very nice, and are quick-attach style. The power cord is long and has a GFI outlet on the end, which is great for safety. The detergent dispensing system is easy to use and works pretty well. The included manual is brief but does a good job of covering operation and tips/tricks.
The biggest weak spots involve the hose and hose caddy. The caddy is not very sturdy, especially the handle assembly. That’s not all that concerning since if the caddy breaks, the unit is still very usable. The hose is more concerning. It is fairly lightweight. While it is reinforced to protect against bursting, hoses are always the first thing to go, either through a break or through accidental damage. The hose is factory-attached to the unit, and the fitting is not all that easy to access. Replacing it (either before or after it breaks) with a better quality hose is not a simple task. It’s possible, but it’s not a matter of buying a standard pressure washer hose and screwing it on.
Another weak spot is the water hose connection. It’s plastic and, while it comes with an easy-spin attachment to make attaching/detaching a hose easy on the threading, I would have liked to see brass threading given this price point. Be mindful to not cross thread it when attaching a hose.
The specs on this are pretty good. In addition to the claimed 2,030 psi pressure (although I doubt that is accurate based on usage) it has a 1.57 gallon per minute (GPM) water flow. The latter is a spec that’s just as important as the pressure, since both contribute to the overall “power” of the machine. A good gas pressure washer will have 3,000+ psi and 2.5+ GPM. Thus, this won’t deliver what an average gas machine will, but it has enough punch to get through basic tasks.
It’s rated at 14.5 amps, and it did work fine on a 15 amp circuit with the washer the only item on that circuit. However, if you have the option, a 20 amp circuit would be a good idea to ensure you don’t trip a breaker.
Operation noise is excellent – this is MUCH quieter than a gas unit when operating, and totally silent when you release the trigger since the unit turns off.
I tried this out on deck cleaning, lawn furniture cleaning, BBQ cleaning and moss removal from a patio. It did a decent to good job for most tasks. Where is falls short is on tasks such as paint/finish stripping from weathered wood. It did get the job sort of done, but it took much longer and needed far more passes than my gas machine.
On the plus side, I got this set up, cleaned the BBQ and got it put away in the time it would take me to just get the gas machine setup and running. So while it can’t deliver the same level of performance as a gas machine, it’s a lot easier to deal with.
While the motor requires no maintenance, it’s very important to maintain the pump, especially when this is stored for the winter. I have been using Karcher Pump Guard on my machines for years, and it’s done a great job. It’s basically antifreeze but also has lubricants to keep seals healthy. It’s cheap and easy to use. There are other brands as well (I think B&D makes a version) but regardless of the brand, use it – a healthy pump really makes a difference in washer performance and longevity.
While this Sun Joe won’t take the place of a gas machine, it provides better than expected performance plus is very easy/quick to set up and take down. While the less than stellar packing and so-so hose/caddy quality brings my rating to 4 stars, it’s still well worth considering if you’re looking for a general use washer for basic household tasks.